Eat Right for Your Type
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In late 2016, my mom's doctor told her that she had Diabetes - the one you get an an adult from eating habits. My mother grew up a little country girl in Louisiana before the world was trying to be gluten and GMO-free. You just ate what you ate.
She then grew up and became a coach and physical education teacher as well as counselor and special needs teacher. She learned about healthy lifestyle practices and I remember the grass juices, fruit juicing, fad diets, etc. that circulated our kitchen. Now, she was a coca-cola bottle of average height as a young woman and mom, but after a couple surgeries and having a kid and life's stress, her weight got away with her I guess, as well as the diet. Honestly, she was just a Mountain Dew addict, in my opinion as most of her other practices SEEMED healthy (given what she knew).
Flash forward to this news in 2016 and I was activated to drive the 2 hours home, raid her pantry, and teach her about foods she needed to put in the fridge and those that were now banned! She was cool with it, to my surprise, but I think it's because I gave her just 2 rules - mostly. Oh, and NO NO NO VEGETABLE OIL OR FAKE ASS MARGARINE!
Cool it on the dairy (easy...go ghee instead of normal butter if you can and coconut or almond milks and yogurts) and cool it on the wheat (not so easy). The wheat, unless non-homogenized, is bad or just "not-so-good" stuff according to research I have read, (especially "wheat bread" that you buy for like $3 at Walmart just cuz it looks right ...OMG it's trash! It clogs and bloats and absorbs nutrients from your other foods. It also turns into sugar as if the soda and candy weren't enough. Plus, that wheat bread people buy most tends to have dyes, molasses, or brown sugar to make it brown. Who does that? READ YOUR LABELS!
Anyway, I could go on and on about the Paleo diet, that I personally think works FOR ME & MY TYPE and my digestive needs (which I embraced before learning of the blood types BTW), but below is some information that you might find worth your health.
The blood type diet, also known as the blood group diet, was popularized by a naturopathic physician called Dr. Peter D'Adamo in the year 1996. His book, Eat Right 4 Your Type, was incredibly successful. It was a New York Times bestseller, sold millions of copies, and is still wildly popular today. In this book, he claims that the optimal diet for any one individual depends on the person's ABO blood type.
He claims that each blood type represents genetic traits of our ancestors, including which diet they evolved to thrive on.
Type A: Called the agrarian, or cultivator. People who are type A should eat a diet rich in plants, and completely free of "toxic" red meat. This closely resembles a vegetarian diet.
Type B: Called the nomad. These people can eat plants and most meats (except chicken and pork), and can also eat some dairy. However, they should avoid wheat, corn, lentils, tomatoes and a few other foods.
Type AB: Called the enigma. Described as a mix between types A and B. Foods to eat include seafood, tofu, dairy, beans and grains. They should avoid kidney beans, corn, beef and chicken.
Type O: Called the hunter. This is a high-protein diet based largely on meat, fish, poultry, certain fruitsand vegetables, but limited in grains, legumes and dairy. It closely resembles the paleo diet.
A Little Background:
With all my heart, I'd like to be in the best shape ever, but I'm not there yet. Not at all! But, I want to start my transformation from the inside with my eating habits and my mindfulness practices. I love physical exercise that's fun like dance, or challenging like yoga and pilates. I'm not a fan of any plan that asks you to starve or only drink water. I'm also not a doctor and I can't tell you what works for you. I can tell you that not even two months after my own mother made these REAL diet changes, her doctor had to reduce her amount of medication to address the diabetes annnnnnnd she's on track to be nearly or completely off the meds in the next couple of check-ups. I can tell you that my skin issues cleared up from removing soy and dairy and my singing/throat issues no longer plague me. I can tell you that I feel like my kids will be better off (one day..no kids now, Lord, lol) because I'm not feeding them things that slow their progress.
I'm just saying, it's worth your life to use the best fuels. Again, I am not your doctor and you should see one or a licensed nutritionist, but the following informational videos helped me help my mom and myself and knowledge can help you decide what's best for you...yourself!
In 2014, African American women were twice as likely to be obese than Non-Hispanic White women.
In 2011-2014, African American girls were 50% more likely to be overweight than Non-Hispanic White girls.
Source: CDC, 2016. Health United States, 2015. Table 58.